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History Rewritten on this Stunning Weekend in Formula 1 and Tennis

This was a weekend of spectacular sports records set by athletes who have endeared themselves to Monaco

And when you equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix wins you deserve something special other than being sprayed with Champagne on the stadium. Lewis Hamilton who pulled off that stunning achievement this weekend at Nürburgring, Germany, celebrated on the podium sporting one of Schumacher’s famous red helmets, poignantly presented by his son Mick. Still in recovery since his skiing accident in 2013, Michael himself couldn’t be there, but had anticipated it years ago when Hamilton won his first title in 2008. “Records are there to be broken”. 

It has taken Hamilton 261 races to equal the icon and legend Schumacher. He has driven with two teams; 21 wins with McLaren whom he joined as a 22 year old in 2007 and now with Mercedes. Lewis had taken the lead from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who had won the Eifel GP pole position, before the Finn had to retire with an engine problem. Hamilton then ruthlessly proceeded to finish the race focussed on producing clinical sequences of laps worthy of a metronome. It is never as easy as it appears, though. Red Bull’s young Verstappen was always a threat and chased to the end having found some real pace closing the gap on Hamilton to just over two seconds after being five seconds behind. Verstappen snatched the bonus point for the fastest lap!

RECORD EQUALLED!Lewis Hamilton joins Michael Schumacher on 91 F1 wins with victory at the Nurburgring 👏👏👏

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Hamilton was not alone in celebrating. Australian Daniel Ricciardo claimed his first podium finish since 2018 and his first since moving to Renault. 

If records are there to be broken, it may be the young guns Verstappen and Charles Leclerc that eventually attempt to take the new mantel now worn by Hamilton. 

Leclerc Still Driving Brilliantly 

Leclerc was brilliant in qualifying fourth despite the disadvantage of a Ferrari racing machine that this season has lost its mojo. That special talent is waiting to burst to the top when the right car arrives. The 22-year-old is absolutely out-performing team-mate Sebastian Vettel in 2020. Leclerc is now nine-two up in the lead, an analysis of their qualifying head-to-head results shows. His average advantage of 0.37 seconds is twice what it was last year. But seventh-place finish in Sunday’s Eifel GP was the best result Leclerc could achieve in a race “massively” compromised by his opening laps disadvantaged by soft tyres.

Seven World Championships 

The remainder of the season is primed to see more history in the making. Schumacher’s greatest record of seven world championships is now all but in Hamilton’s grasp. He has six already and leads Bottas with a maximum of six races remaining.

Eifel GP Results

First – Hamilton, Mercedes

Second – Verstappen, Red Bull

Third – Ricciardo, Renault 

Tennis History 

And there was one other record equalling event at the weekend. Rafael Nadal produced yet another of his supreme French Open displays to out-play Novak Djokovic and equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam men’s titles – bagelling Djokovic with a 6-0 set in the process!

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Spanish second seed Nadal absolutely stunned world number one Djokovic in this 6-0 6-2 7-5 win, which clinched for him a history-making 13th title at Roland Garros.

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